Welker on Belichick comments: 'It was a joke'

Welker on Belichick comments: 'It was a joke'
October 8, 2012, 5:22 pm
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) fist-bumps wide receiver Wes Welker (83) after they connected for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos in the first quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Wes Welker told reporters he was only joking when he said after Sunday's game that he enjoyed catching 13 passes against the Denver Broncos to ``stick it'' in coach Bill Belichick's face.

Welker made a rare Monday appearance in the locker room during media availability to straighten things out.

``It was a joke,'' Welker said. ``I don't know what else to say about it.''

Welker did not start in three games so far this season after unsuccessful negotiations on a long-term deal, leading to speculation that Belichick was upset with him over the negotiations.

After catching 13 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-21 victory over the Broncos, he told Comcast SportsNet with a wink, ``Yeah it's kind of nice to stick it in Bill's face once in a while.''

But he said on Monday that he has a good relationship with Belichick.